I love Spring when all the earth is covered in blooms of every color. It's also a sign of warmer weather, which as most of you may know, I HATE cold weather! I love walking around the yard and seeing all the new things blooming in the yard. My Red Buckeye bloomed for the fist time this year. I've been waiting on that for a few years now. They don't last long and they are not extremely showy, but if you get close, they have pretty blooms.
I got a couple of irises at the Kolache Festival last year and they bloomed this year. Unfortunately, I don't know the species names. I LOVE purple and I think these are just gorgeous! Check out this one with the yellow top (click the image to see a larger version). Even the beard has a "petal" on it. I've never seen anything like that and I think it's really cool. If anyone knows what these are, please comment and let me know.
The birds are happy too. I look forward to the Purple Martins showing up in March and I TRY to keep the House Sparrows' nests cleared out of my bird house. I got some new pins to put in my poles to make it a little easier to move up and down this year. I love the sound they make and they can gladly have all the mosquitos they can eat! I also have to be diligent on keeping the House Sparrows out of my bluebird houses. They have come through earlier scouting out the boxes. Click the More Images link below and you can see video and hear the Martins' calls.
The hummingbirds are in for their first wave in March/April as well. The poor little things are so skinny and they are starving. I always make sure to clean the feeders and keep the solution fresh for them. We normally just get the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, but every once in a while, I see a Rufus come through. For such tiny things, they can be fiesty and make a surprising amount of clicks and whistles. They are very territorial, but they are so hungry at this time of year, that they will share the feeders pretty well.
I'll be the first one to confess that I am NOT the world's best housekeeper. I have been a single mom of my 18-year old "baby" since he was just a couple of months old and it hasn't always been easy. As a matter of fact, I think the toddler was more tidy than the teenager. He has a habit of opening cabinets and not closing them, dropping things on the floor wherever he happens to be, leaving items on the counter and so on. After lots of arguments and not making much headway, I decided to pick my battles and let him do his thing in his own room. Then a few things made their way to the living room and little by little, you get used to things being out. And yes, I got lazy and didn't feel like messing with it. Then one day I looked around and thought that if someone happened to pop in unannounced, I would be totally embarrassed. So, something had to give.
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This certification took several years, lots of exams and quite a bit of money. I had to have the Master level Microsoft Office Specialist certification for versions 2007, 2010 and 2013. Each certification level was made up of 4 or more exams and half of them being Expert level exams. The exams were around $100 each just for the voucher. Each exam was almost an hour long and for the last version, I had to travel an hour and a half to Austin or Houston as our local Certiport testing center in College Station no longer proctors the exams.
I think any major goal takes a lot of effort to make you appreciate it all the more. If it was easy, it wouldn't be special.
I have actually had the Master MOS since the 2003 version. Lots of buttons and functions have been added, or more than likely, moved around and renamed. I have always been "into" the Microsoft Office suite of product…